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(Here is an essay I found in my documents file on an old computer from nearly a decade ago.  Substitute Iran for Iraq, Tehran for Baghdad, President Obama for President Bush, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for Saddam Hussein, and we end up with a timely look at what's going on in our country and our allies today.)

Sadly, a war requires the loss of a large sum of human lives. In addition, President Bush is putting lives at stake for a strike at a presently unproved opponent.
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) comments, “It is un-American to attack people because of a perceived future threat, killing, potentially, thousands of non-combatants and our own young men and women. It is madness!”

Never in the history of the United States of America has an administration used a first strike policy. This policy is plainly immoral and an attack on our own constitution as well as the UN Charter. In addition, an attack on Hussein may be useless.

The Nonviolence Web explains, “Two incredibly bloody wars have failed to oust him, indeed have only strengthened his hold on power, and it is quite doubtful that further military action will create a real peace for Iraq, the Middle East, or the planet."

To rid Iraq of Hussein, the U.S. government needs to discuss alternatives to war. Peace saves lives, war destroys them and that of future generations.

Lastly, an attack on Iraq would threaten the lives of millions of innocent Iraqis. The killing of innocent civilians will raise the hatred of Iraq’s youth, who may become terrorist, which is the exact group the U.S. is trying to stop.

According to Phyllis Bennis, a policy analyst and expert on Iraq at the Institute of Policy Studies, “Ten thousand Iraqi civilians, or more, would be killed in a large scale U.S. attack. Baghdad is a city roughly the size of Los Angeles; an air campaign and invasion of the city would put four to five million civilians at risk."

Iraqis are presently suffering greatly from economic sanctions, and as the result, millions of civilians have died, 500,000 of whom are children under the age of five. Another attack would seem on the brink of evil, considering these conditions. If Bush is attempting to destroy terrorism through an attack on Iraq, he is terribly mistaken.

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  •  We are at war with Oceana (5+ / 0-)

    We have always been at war with Oceana.

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 08:26:01 PM PST

  •  This is not even a US first strike policy (3+ / 0-)
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    as presently proposed. It is more nearly a policy in which another country makes the first strike, and the US is being asked to commit support once the other country has done that, so that our children die for something our country did not even necessarily agree to do.

  •  As usual, we don't know what we are doing. (4+ / 0-)

    The Iranians helped make the case for that war. They used Ahmed Chalabi, who was working for them, to convince the neo-cons that the Iraqis would be all happy and grateful if we took out Saddam. Saddam and his thugs were the only ones in the neighborhood who could stand up to the mullahs.

    Now they are sitting pretty as the only major power in the Persian Gulf. But we haven't figured out that it is because of the monumental stupidity of the Bush/Cheney administration. So now the same idiots want to go kill another couple of hundred thousand people to bring peace and harmony to our oil wells.

  •  But the price of GAS is high! (1+ / 0-)
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    Therefore we must bomb Iran.

    The logic is perfectly clear to the GOP, why don't you people get it?


    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 09:15:17 PM PST

  •  Morally and intellectually (4+ / 0-)

    ...America is running on empty. Stick a fork in us.

    "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." - Aldous Huxley

    by Pluto on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 09:24:48 PM PST

  •  What democrats shouldn't forget is that Iran (4+ / 0-)

    was one of the "Axis of Evil" countries that Bush told the nation we should fear in his state of the union address in 2002, ten years ago.  It wasn't because they were on the brink of developing of nuke, as the mainstream media would have you believe is the case today.  The motives and agenda of the Bush administration in the middle east are clear.  That perspective is important when viewing the saber rattling going on now.  It is not about the possibility that Iran may develop a nuclear weapon.  It is about another regime change and destabilization of a country of 77 million.  The beneficiaries in this case, in that they believe it will be beneficial to them, are many, but the U.S./Western imperialist agenda, the expantionist policies of Israel, and Sunni/Shia/Wahhabi power struggles are the primary forces.  And that's basically the same situation we had with Iraq, another axis of evil country.  

  •  How was (4+ / 0-)

    the invasion of Iraq by the Bush Administration and their British allies not a war of aggression, a war crime?

    How would an unprovoked attack on Iran not be a war crime?

    For that matter, Afghanistan as well.

    A war of aggression, sometimes also war of conquest, is a military conflict waged without the justification of self-defense usually for territorial gain and subjugation.

    Since the Korean War of the early 1950s, waging such a war of aggression is a crime under the customary international law. It is generally agreed by scholars in international law that the military actions of the Nazi regime in World War II in its search for so-called "Lebensraum" are characteristic of a war of aggression, the waging of which was called the supreme crime by Justice Robert H. Jackson, chief prosecutor for the United States at the Nuremberg Trials.

     ... The International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, which followed World War II, called the waging of aggressive war "essentially an evil initiate a war of not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.


    I do not have a link but have read recently that news media presenting propaganda promoting aggressive war may also be held into account for their actions.

    “Humankind can not bear very much reality.” - T.S. Eliot

    by truong son traveler on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 09:55:59 PM PST

  •  war with Iran (2+ / 0-)
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    would mean the end of America as a major world power. It would precipitate a cataclysmic geopolitical shift towards China and Russia.

    An attack on Iran is an attack against those countries' energy interests, and they will consequently arm to contain a rogue America. In the aftermath, a new system of international treaties and institutions will arise, one in which America has far less influence, having proven itself to be too dangerous to be allowed a major say in world affairs.

    We will lose what remains of our economic strength, and our decline will be swift. My guess is that we will balkanize into three or four smaller countries within 20 years of hitting Iran. The cultural divides that our politicians have cynically stoked for the last 50 years will tear the country apart as our economy sputters.

    The America created by the Founders will be no more. In its place, a shattered, squabbling bunch of lesser states. After more than a century and a half, the Confederacy will have finally won the Civil War and the Union will be permanently severed.

    I don't think any of those clamoring for war with Iran have considered any of this.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 10:05:41 PM PST

    •  God save this country (0+ / 0-)

      For all intents and purposes, I'm an atheist, and I'm saying that. May God save this country, for we are going to need every bit of help we can muster. It isn't particularly loveable, but it would be a shite sight worse if we fell into the abyss. I don't want to think about what would happen if this country devolved into another civil war. It's too painful to contemplate for more than a few minutes at a time.

      Unfortunately, there's not much we can do, except pray that Obama knows what the stakes really are, and shout at him in case he doesn't.

      Although it certainly wouldn't hurt to throw out a hundred or so Teabaggers.

    •  Iran is merely one of many (1+ / 0-)
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      theaters in which the U.S. will wage cold war with China/Russia.  For instance, the Philippines is a major hotspot, in light of the recent discovery of MASSIVE oil reserves in Asian waters.

      Conflict looms in South China Sea oil rush

      ‎"The March 2011 incident is considered a turning point for the Aquino administration. The president hardened his stance on sovereignty rights, sought closer ties with Washington and has quickened efforts to modernise its military."

      ""As Southeast Asian nations run to the U.S. for assistance, Beijing increasingly fears that America aims to encircle China militarily and diplomatically," said Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, Northeast Asia Director for the International Crisis Group. "Underlying all of these concerns is the potential that discoveries of oil and natural gas beneath the disputed sections of the South China Sea could fuel conflict."

      The area is thought to hold vast untapped reserves of oil and natural gas that could potentially place China, the Philippines, Vietnam and other claimant nations alongside the likes of Saudi Arabia, Russia and Qatar.

      Manila is beefing up its tiny and outdated naval fleet and military bases, adding at least two Hamilton-class cutters this year and earmarking millions of dollars to expand its Ulugan Bay naval base in Palawan."

      THIS is why the Obama administration recently announced its new Pacific focus for the military.  THIS is why Obama was in Australia last November to kickstart the stationing of military aircraft and thousands of marines, and some speculate even to facilitate the illegal staging of cluster bombs.

      THIS is why Hillary Clinton was in Manila at the same time, promising warships to the Philippines.

      The U.S. IS engaged with China right now.  Iran is not the goal.  Iran is the lever.

      The bourgeoisie had better watch out for me, all throughout this so called nation. We don't want your filthy money, we don't need your innocent bloodshed, we just want to end your world. ~H.R.

      by chipmo on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 06:07:57 AM PST

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  •  Concerned (0+ / 0-)

    After reading some other reports  earlier today, I am really worried about the press conference that certain Senators (the usual suspects like Graham & Lieberman) held today.  They are trying to goad Pres Obama into something with Iran.  The Israelis are coming to DC to give speeches and talk to Obama, over the weekend and on Monday.

    We've all been busy on this site mocking the Repig primaries, but something much more sinister is lurking around the corner.  

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